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Individuals on welfare presumably don’t have extra cash to spend on vacations, so it may come as a surprise to find Maine welfare cash turning up in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The Maine Wire noted Tuesday:
According to Department of Health and Human Service records, cash welfare users from Maine have spent $2.8 million outside of the state over the last three years – and not just in neighboring New Hampshire.
According to HHS records, the top recipients of Maine’s welfare cash are: New Hampshire: $1.4 million; Massachusetts: $360,000; Florida: $206,000; and New York: $100,000.
Measured by transactions, Maine Electronic Benefits Transfer cards have been used 11,328 times in New Hampshire over the past three years. EBT cards have been used 2,918 times in Massachusetts and 1,252 times in Florida during the same period.